Book Review: All’s Fair in Love And Cupcakes

19 Sep

338450Kat inspected rows of the same old cupcakes. They seemed to blink back at her, as if they knew she was capable of so much more.

Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.
But when Lucas Brannen, Kat’s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself—her—is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

BStAmant-257Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God’s grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.

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My Impressions:

Football and cupcakes? Football and cupcakes! Yes, All’s Fair in Love And Cupcakes is a perfect combination for those who want a sweet romantic escape. Filled with endearing characters, a behind the scenes look at reality TV and a romance that you can root for, Betsy St. Amant has written a novel that 20-somethings (and beyond) will love. So put up your feet, grab a sweet and dig in to All’s Fair in Love And Cupcakes.

Kat Varland is stuck in her hometown of Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Stuck baking ordinary cupcakes that reflect her ordinary life. But best friend, football coach Lucas Brannen, believes in more for Kat. When he enters her in Cupcake Combat, a reality TV cooking show, Kat has a chance to realize her dreams. But is it all she or Lucas hoped for? And what do they really want?

Overall, I liked All’s Fair in Love And Cupcakes. Kat and Lucas are two fun and endearing characters. Kat’s insecurities and family tension are realistically portrayed. There is a lot of soul-searching for both characters, which allowed a good look into their heads, but I felt slowed the action in the first third of the book. The cooking competition, which was my favorite part of the book, included varied and colorful contestants and was a good vehicle for Kat and Lucas’ evolving feelings. And those who require a happily ever after will be satisfied, but not without a last twist!

So if you are in the mood for a fun romance to sweeten your day, check out All’s Fair in Love And Cupcakes.


Audience: Older Teens to Adults.

(Thanks to Zondervan and LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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2 Responses to “Book Review: All’s Fair in Love And Cupcakes”

  1. Being Woven September 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    This title is delightful and so sounds the storyline. I just may look this book up when I am in the mood for some light romance.
    Visiting from Semicolon Saturdays, ~ linda

    • rbclibrary September 24, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy this sweet treat. FYI – there is a recipe in the back of the book for a delectable sounding cupcake. 🙂

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